Homecoming for Brown?

Kentucky appears poised to introduce former Wildcat and Danville native Neal Brown as the team's new offensive coordinator under Mark Stoops. What's the latest word on him and other possible additions to the staff?

In a move that has been widely speculated since Stoops was named the new UK head coach, the former Boyle County standout has accepted an offer to be the Cats' new OC, per several reports out of Lubbock, Texas, tonight. Chris Level, a sideline reporter for Texas Tech football and publisher of @RedRaiderSports, was among the first to confirm the news.

Brown, 32, has spent the last three seasons guiding the Red Raiders' high-powered offense. Texas Tech featured the No. 2 passing offense in the nation (362 ypg) and the No. 12 unit in total offense at just over 501 yards per game while averaging 37.75 points per game.

Former UK standout Tim Couch, who played with Brown under Hal Mumme, played a key role in helping recruit the "Air Raid" disciple back to the Lexington.

During his introductory press conference, Stoops made it clear that he wanted to bring a wide-open, passing offense to the Cats.

"We're going to have an offense that you guys are going to enjoy. I promise you that," Stoops said. "We're is Tim Couch at? Is he around here? We're going to have an offense you're going to be proud of. We'll get out there and rip it around it a little bit, we are going to throw it."

There are several other rumored additions to the staff which could be made early in the week ahead, including former LSU assistant Bradley Dale Peveto as secondary coach and former Tennessee assistant Darin Hinshaw as receivers coach. Two more ex-Wildcats, Chad Scott and John Schlarman, are also reportedly in the mix for running back and O-Line positions, respectively. Scott has been with Brown at Texas Tech on Tommy Tuberville's staff, while Schlarman has been at Troy.

The only official staff hiring to date has been D.J. Eliot as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He comes to UK after working with Stoops at Florida State.

NCAA rules permit nine full-time assistants to be on the staff.


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